After the disappointing 46-21 loss to Glencoe-Silver Lake to start the season, the Holy Family football team rallied last week to take down No. 10 (3A) Litchfield in a 36-17 contest on Sept. 7.
The Dragons were on the board first with a field goal in the first quarter, before the Fire answered with two touchdowns, the first a 73-yard run from sophomore Chazz Johnson. Later in the quarter, senior quarterback Ben Baker had a 6-yard touchdown run, complimented with a successful extra point attempt from sophomore Jonathan Coppens to put the Fire up 13-3.
Litchfield pulled ahead in the beginning of the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns, before Holy Family responded with a 69-yard touchdown run by senior Conner Riddle. Coppens’ extra point was good to set the game at 20-17 in favor of the Fire at the half.
The second half was all Holy Family. In the third quarter, Baker had two touchdown runs, for 60 and 83 yards, respectively. In the fourth, the Fire sealed the game with a 37-yard field goal by Coppens for the 36-17 win. Rushing leaders for the Fire against Litchfield included Baker (256 yards), Riddle (113), and Johnson (90).
Baker completed one pass for 15 yards. Johnson was on the receiving end of that 15-yard pass. The Fire had 521 total offense yards, compared to Litchfield’s 227. On defense, tackle leaders included senior Derek Ogren (14 tackles, one fumble recovery), senior Tom Green (10 tackles, one sack), and senior Connor Byrnes (10 tackles, one sack).
The Fire will be at Mound-Westonka this Friday, Sept. 14 before returning home to host Orono on Sept. 21. The White Hawks of Mound-Westonka are 0-2 this season after a 41-7 loss to New London-Spicer on Aug. 31 and a 21-7 loss to Princeton last week.